AWARD CATEGORY

CHARITY OF THE YEAR

CECIYAA FOUNDATION

Ceciyaa Foundation was established in 2009, by SFC Aduoffei with the vision to separate hunger from poverty. Ceciyaa defines poverty as a result of hopelessness. As a faith-based organization, the foundation uses three vehicles; Evangelism, Education and Economic Empowerment.
As part of the foundation’s quest to promote literacy and to ensure every child at the age of 10 in Ghana is able to read and write; the foundation is in partnership with the National Readers Association and currently working on well-furnished and stocked libraries for each district with Awaso and Atebubu fully completed.

Ceciyaa also has a range of projects namely: ‘seat me that I may read and write’ an initiative to build desks for school children in rural areas, ‘malnutrition is a choice’ a program with centers in the Upper East to offer nutritious baby food for nursing mothers to ensure their children are well nourished.

In addition, the arm of Ceciyaa’s Economic Empowerment is done by ensuring all season farming and encouraging the patronage of local food production. Through this, they encourage sustainability

DISTANT RELATIVES

The Distant Relatives Project is a 501c3 non-profit organization that is committed to the development of underserved communities in Africa and the diaspora, by creating opportunity and access to resources. This is usually performed through a series of continuous engagement and outreach. Their three pillars of concentration fall under Education, Healthcare, and Homelessness. Through these, they aim to bring opportunity and empower families; school-aged children, and orphans who live in at-risk communities around the world. The charity was founded through a burning passion to drastically impact communities and create significant life changes

Distant Relatives have developed a support system across the United States of people who believe in their mission and promote the cause. Through consistent promotion and advertising, the organization has started to gain recognition internationally, and people are beginning to get a live account of the struggles being faced in Ghana. People now understand the challenges and limitations that Ghanaians are facing because of how accurately we are accounting for the areas we visit.

The organization has collaborated with Abike Dabire (President of Nigeria’s advisor), Afrochella, Stonebwoy, and Burnaby who have all supported and promoted the initiatives.

ALEXIS MIRANDA FOUNDATION

The Alexis Miranda Foundation (AMF) is an autism foundation borne out of the need for Autism Awareness and education when the founder Lynn Dadzie-Yeboah, mother of Alexis Miranda who has Autism realized how little was known about Autism in Ghana. AMF was incorporated in the USA in 2013 and pride themselves on being transparent and operating with the highest level of integrity and being extremely prudent with resources.

AMF has thus far impacted 2000+ financially through scholarships and educated over 10,000 students and teachers on Autism and how it affects individuals living with this disorder. Ghana has no Board-Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) and yet these are the specialists in behavioral therapy crucial to individuals on the Autism Spectrum. Thus, AMF began the groundbreaking work of training twenty of Ghana’s Special Education through our National Trainer of Trainers program. Two teachers from each region of the country were selected to be trained by professionals from the US who provided a hands-on course which served as an Introduction to Autism and Applied Behavior Analysis. The teachers were equipped with the essential practical tools, skills, and techniques crucial to teaching the students that they lacked before the training.

The organization intends to help families with advocacy and provide educational, therapeutic and recreational programs.

AFRICAN HEALTH NOW

African Health Now is a community development organization that provides information and access to free primary and maternal healthcare. The organization has been in operation since 2006, hosting the first mobile clinic in Pokuase, Ghana providing over 350 residents with free noncommunicable screenings.

Since 2006, African Health Now has conducted over 11 free mobile clinics spanning across Ghana (Kpando, Kumasi, Agboblogshie, Tema, Madina, Mamprobi,).To date they have impacted over 20,000 lives with a comprehensive list of programs: MobileHealth Clinics; Pregnancy School Initiative; Maternity Go Box and Medical Supply Distribution. These have supported underserved communities with much-needed health services.

In 2017 the organization launched maternity programs in partnership with Madina Polyclinic Kekeli where they supported a pregnancy school initiative which provides new mothers with prenatal education and medical supplies. They have also aided in renovating and painting the maternity ward and provided personal hygiene and medical supplies to the clinic.
In December of 2018, in a sponsorship initiative with GLO they provided over 600 new mothers in both Ghana and Nigeria with Maternity Go Boxes.

RIGHT TO DREAM USA

Right to Dream (RTD) is comprised of a Foundation and Academy in Ghana, a 501 c3 Charity in the USA and a professional football club in Denmark. The Right to Dream Academy in Ghana is a full scholarship boarding academy in the Eastern Region, serving 90 students that come from very low socioeconomic communities. RTD identifies talented girls and boys to enter the Academy, from across Ghana and several other West African countries. The students join the academy aged 10 and go through a five-year development process based around educational, character and football development.

Approximately 50% of students enter their US pathway where they win full student-athlete scholarships to one of a top partner boarding high schools in the US.

After 4 years at RTD partner school student graduates have a 100% success rate at going on to win full scholarships at top US universities. The US branch of the charity supports these students with their school placement and help them find host families to ensure excellent pastoral support. To date, they have produced over 55 student-athlete scholars in the US and UK. Approximately 50% of our students follow an elite football pathway and may become professional players through our Club in Denmark – providing a safe route into the European Game.

In the past 2 years, we have established a country leading STEM educational partnership. Approximately 30 kids have won full RTD scholarships. 13 students have won full US scholarships and approximately 10 students have won professional football contracts.

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